Postdoctoral mobility scheme

Postdoctoral mobility scheme

Applications for the postdoctoral mobility scheme have closed.
Announcement of the winners>>

CIVICA Research is a H2020 programme that seeks to develop scientific collaborations and foster integrated research activities within the eight members of CIVICA.

With this call, CIVICA Research aims to offer postdoctoral researchers from across the alliance the opportunity to visit other CIVICA member institutions.

Who can apply?

  • Postdoctoral researchers who have a contract with a CIVICA institution and whose current position makes them eligible. Please check with your institution, refer to your grant/research support office and provide a written confirmation regarding the eligibility from your grant/research support office (see contacts below). An invitation letter of the host institution (Research Unit, Department or Laboratory) is required.
  • The applicants must hold a doctoral degree as of 1 October 2021.
  • Applications from women are encouraged as gender balance is one of the core values of CIVICA.

Eligibility of LSE applicants who would like to visit other CIVICA partners

Applications are open to those who have postdoctoral position with a maximum of 4 years of post-PhD experience. These include LSE Fellows, Postdoctoral fellows, Research Officers/Fellows, Policy Officers/Fellows, Assistant Professorial Research Fellows, etc. Please note you will be expected to submit a written approval from your line manager, academic mentor, head of department, or Principal Investigator of the research grant (as relevant) if your application is selected to visit another CIVICA partner institution.

Special terms for applicants from other CIVICA partners who would like to visit LSE

Please note that you need to contact the LSE department, academic member of staff or research centre you would like to visit first and get their agreement in principle to visit the academic unit should your application with the CIVICA Research Postdoctoral Mobility Scheme be successful. You will be expected to go through LSE's Visiting Fellow appointment process to be able to access LSE research infrastructure. Being successful with your CIVICA Research postdoctoral mobility application is not a guarantee that you will be appointed as an LSE Visiting Fellow.

Please note the LSE Visiting Fellowships are unfunded positions and that they can last between one to three years. If you are successful in securing a Visiting Fellowship at the LSE, you can use the CIVICA Research Postdoctoral Mobility Scheme towards your expenses and you can remain affiliated as an LSE Visiting Fellow beyond your CIVICA Research-funded time.

Please ensure that before you submit your application to the CIVICA Research Postdoctoral Mobility scheme you engage with the potential host department or research centre, as they will need to sponsor your application to the LSE Visiting Fellowship scheme. LSE's policy for visiting staff appointments can be seen here>> 

Which expenses are eligible?

We offer funding towards mobility costs for postdoctoral researchers to visit another CIVICA partner institution to further their research career, exchange knowledge and build collaborations.  

Funding can be used for travel (e.g. economy return ticket for one person), local travel, accommodation, subsistence, and research costs (e.g. data collection, field work) where applicable. Please add a breakdown of estimated costs how you'd like to use your funds in the application form. The flat rate per institution covers a maximum 3-month visit. If you're visiting less than 3 months, costs will be calculated pro-rata.

What is the flat rate?

Funding is based on a flat rate for a 3-month period. Any visit less than 3 months will be paid pro-rata.

The flat rate varies across host institutions based on the local costs of living, as follows :

  • Bocconi University: 5,000€
  • Central European University: 5,000€
  • European University Institute: 5,000€
  • Hertie School: 5,000€
  • National University of Political Studies and Public Administration: 4,000€
  • Sciences Po: 5,000€
  • Stockholm School of Economics: 6,000€
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science: 6,000€

How will the proposals be evaluated?

The proposals will be evaluated by the Permanent Design Team (PDT) of CIVICA Research, which gathers scholars from the 8 members of CIVICA. The PDT will make the final financing decisions.

Selection will be based on two main criteria:

  1. the scientific value of the project
  2. the relevance of the mobility for the ongoing postdoctoral research.

How long should visits last?

Visits must last between one and three months and must end by June 2023.

We ask each applicant to indicate, in order of priority (P1, P2, P3...), the periods during which they would like to visit. It is preferable to choose one of the proposed slots but other slots than those suggested below are accepted.

  • Spring 2022 (March – May)
  • Summer 2022 (June – September)
  • Fall 2022 (October – December)
  • Winter 2023 (January – March)
  • Spring 2023 (April – June)

What is the expected deliverable?

Researchers should deliver a one-page activity report by September 2023.

How to apply

Applications for the postdoctoral mobility scheme have closed.

All applicants should download and fill out this application form>> 

Applications need to be submitted electronically to info(at) by Saturday, 15 January 2022 at 12:00pm CET.

For more information on the financing, please write to your local grant/research support unit (see contacts below).


  • 1 November 2021 – Call is published on
  • 15 January 2022 – Application deadline
  • 31 January 2022 – Announcement of selected projects on
  • Spring 2023 – End of the visits
  • September 2023 – Delivery of reports by the visiting researchers

List of contact persons at each CIVICA partner

Bocconi University Claudia Piccioni,[at]
CEUEva Vas, vase[at]
EUIZeineb Mazouz, zeineb.mazouz[at] 
Hertie SchoolEnora Palaric, palaric[at]
LSEBarbara Kolaric, b.kolaric[at]
Sciences Po

Guillaume Plantin, guillaume.plantin[at]
Elsa Bedos, elsa.bedos[at]

SNSPAMihai Paunescu, mihai.paunescu[at]
SSEGoran Lindqvist, goran.lindqvist[at]